2019-20 Premier League: Week 22 – Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur face a tough test of their top five credentials as they welcome Liverpool to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Depending on results earlier in the day, Tottenham could need a win to at least stay sixth whilst Liverpool could have a chance to extend their lead over Leicester in the title race.

 

Team news

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Danny Rose could return for Tottenham after missing their last four matches with a muscle injury. 

Hugo Lloris (elbow) is a few weeks away from a first-team return whilst Tanguy Ndombele (groin) and Ben Davies (ankle) are still ruled out indefinitely. 

Harry Kane (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) are both ruled out until April. 

Liverpool are set to have Xherdan Shaqiri available after the Swiss international missed their last three games with a hamstring injury. 

Dejan Lovren (hamstring), Fabinho (ankle) and Joel Matip (knee) are expected to return to training next week, and could be in contention to face Manchester United next Sunday. 

Naby Keita (groin), Nathaniel Clyne (knee) and James Milner (muscle) are all ruled out. 

 

Form

Tottenham enter this match with two defeats in their last five league games (W2, D1, L2), although they have kept just one clean sheet in 12 matches under Jose Mourinho across three competitions. 

Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league this season with just the two points dropped (W20, D1), although they have kept just six clean sheets in 14 games across all competitions. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Tottenham have won just one of their last 16 matches against Liverpool in all competitions (W1, D4, L11). 
  • Liverpool have only held Tottenham to three goalless away draws in 27 Premier League meetings. 
  • Spurs have scored just two out of four penalties in this fixture, compared to Liverpool’s 100% record from seven penalties. 
  • Liverpool have scored 94 goals against Tottenham, more than against any other member of their fellow ‘Big Six’ rivals. 
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold has produced 220 crosses in 20 league appearances for Liverpool this season, which is 19 more than his 201 crosses in 29 appearances last season.

 

Prediction

This is a huge test for Spurs because they seemed to have slipped back into their sloppy performances before Jose Mourinho arrived, whereas Liverpool just continue to steamroll the opposition. 

Defence therefore will be key for Spurs who still haven’t improved which has to be a huge concern, particularly after their performances over the past fortnight with goals difficult to come by on top of defensive defiencies. 

I therefore am struggling to see past a comfortable Liverpool win here given how poor Tottenham are all over the pitch, especially if Mourinho has one eye on their midweek FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough. 

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Liverpool

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